edsurge better betas

edsurge better betas

Jul 20, 2011

Better Betas: Teachers want cool technology but often lack a budget. Startups need more feedback from schools if they're going to have a prayer of building a good product. But like a blind date, the relationship can sour if both parties have wildly different expectations. Like any good matchmaker, EdSurge would like to help. We propose the "Beta Bill of Rights," a list of what startups and teachers should expect if they want to pair up to try out a technology. Read closely folks: this is a d-r-a-f-t. We really want your comments. Seems like there are a few points that need sorting out:

Point EdSurge suggestion
How long a teacher should use the product? Agree to one semester at a time?
How frequently should a teacher send comments to a company? Once a month?
What kind of data should a teacher share back? No data about identifiable students. Company should provide a simple form to fill out
How responsive should the company be? Hey startups: pick a real person and make him or her the contact point with your teacher buddies
What privileges does a teacher get for this help? So far, both teachers and companies think it's a conflict-of-interest for dollars to change hands. But how about promising participating classroom a year of free service (or free "premium" service) once the product graduate from beta.

We're already hearing from a few developers and from teacher, Jack West. Don't be shy; let us know what would make this work, either in directly feedback@edsurge.com or via Facebook.

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